Derek Mackay MSP
Written 9 posts
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution
1st April 2018
Our progressive approach to changing taxation, which comes into effect next week, heralds a positive investment in our country’s future. Our new tax system means divergence from Westminster on fiscal policy, but in my opinion it will deliver devolution and the priorities of the majority of the people of Scotland. The changes will deliver an…
22nd March 2017
Scotland must seek and seize every opportunity to ensure it continues to have a thriving, open, digital economy. That is why, I visited Tontine House in Glasgow today to launch our refreshed digital strategy and outline the Scottish Government’s vision of Scotland as a vibrant, inclusive, open and outward looking digital nation, and to see first-hand how young aspiring digital businesses are being supported in Glasgow.
24th November 2016
Yesterday, the true cost of Brexit was revealed – and it is huge. Lower growth, lower tax revenues, higher borrowing, higher debt and, perhaps worst of all for family budgets, higher inflation. Here is what I had to say immediately after the Chancellor made his statement: .@DerekMackaySNP on #AutumnStatement: the real cost of Brexit…
3rd November 2016
Digital technology has fundamentally changed how we access information, learn, communicate and do business; it is vital to the future of our economy. Scotland prides itself on being a nation which is vibrant, inclusive, open and outward looking. We have to support and encourage the skills needed to seize new opportunities and participate in an…
7th November 2013
Our town centres should be vibrant, attractive and safe places where local people and visitors alike want to spend their time and money. They should be accessible places which invite business start-up and inspire innovative ideas from all walks of the community. This is why we welcomed the independent National Review of Town Centres, led…
13th March 2013
Yesterday I visited a project that showed me how innovative and creative ideas can provide real opportunities for our young people. I visited the Streetleague project in Glasgow which exemplifies the Scottish Government principles of reform. Simply put, it delivers improved outcomes for local people through partnership working and a focus on prevention. Streetleague specialise…
16th January 2013
Last night, the Scottish Parliament passed a motion which stressed the importance of the planning system for sustainable economic growth, and the importance of working collaboratively to improve the planning system.
28th March 2012
Planning has an important role to play in sustainable economic growth, and I’m committed to streamlining and simplifying the planning system to ensure it does not act as a barrier to economic growth and sustainable development – while ensuring communities are properly consulted and involved.
2nd March 2012
I’ve been in listening mode since becoming Planning Minister last December, getting a fuller understanding of the links between the planning system and our broader Economic Strategy. Of course planning must support our overarching purpose of increasing sustainable economic growth.